The Right Way To Enter An Art Competition

Art competitions can be a great way to develop your confidence, your career, and even your own understanding of your art. They are like stepping stones in your artistic journey. You get a chance to showcase your works in front of an esteemed jury and gain recognition for your talent. Even if you don’t secure a position at a competition, there will be a whole lot to take away from this journey that can help one grow and evolve as an artist. But what is the right way to enter an art competition? What are the best ways to make sure that your work is seen among the countless other entrants?

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Guests examining the artists’ works at the opening reception for the 31st Chelsea International Fine Art Competition exhibition.

As we geared up for the 33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, we decided to publish material that will be of use to artists across the globe who are looking for such opportunities to advance their artistic career.

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3 Benefits Of Entering Art Competitions

Art competitions are an excellent opportunity to grow as an artist and develop your art career. They can benefit you in a number of different ways – exposure, exhibitions, and even self-confidence. Madiha Abdo, an artist represented by Agora Gallery now, who was also one of the winners of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, says, “I consider art competitions and other related opportunities very important for my artistic journey, as they help me get much needed exposure and become more self-confident.”

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A guest of Agora Gallery admiring the works of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition participants.

The jurors in an art competition will often be well-known in the art world, with considerable experience and a good sense of the current market. This makes art competitions a great networking platform and the task of being “discovered” much easier. Prizes are generally chosen to benefit artists in ways that matter, whether it’s the chance to participate in an exhibition, cash, or promotional material or opportunities.

Winning an art competition is a great achievement! It is something you can add to your CV, mention to collectors, and discuss in interviews. However, even just entering art competitions, whether you are selected or not, tells the story about you as an artist.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions To Give Your Art A Fresh Start

After the festive season, getting back into a daily routine can be difficult. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions, or tips from our experts, to give your art a fresh start.

For most people, the beginning of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. After getting a break, it seems one should feel well-rested, full of inspiration, and enthusiastic to begin new work. And yet, after the festive season ends, artists often find that getting back into an effective working schedule is a real uphill struggle. That spark, which normally makes the creative process a joy, is just not quite there.

new year's art resolutionsEveryone finds it difficult to get back into their daily routine after any kind of extended break. But in some ways, artists have to face extra challenges in this area. For one thing, most artists work alone, which means that they create their own incentives. With self-made deadlines, it can be particularly hard to inspire yourself to work. Additionally, because the work is so inherently creative, the disruption from your productivity can create a big roadblock for inspiration. If you’re not feeling inspired, then how can you create? This doesn’t mean that you have to sweat over your art, but what really makes the difference is hard work. Inspiration is essential, but only a part of the picture.

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Agora Artists in Weihai, China

From opening receptions to art fairs, Agora Gallery is always proud to share updates on the participation of its artists in various events. After our represented artists successfully participated in the Shanghai Art Fair 2017 edition, we’re delighted to present a selection of images from the opening reception of the West Contemporary Arts Appreciation Society exhibition, in Weihai, where their works are featured!

Guests participating in the West Contemporary Arts Appreciation Society exhibition

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Art We Crave: Miniature Artworks

Dating back to scribes of the medieval ages, miniature art is highly prized by collectors. To this day, even the U. S. White House holds a special assortment of miniature artworks. Although this particular style of art is constantly evolving, one common rule of thumb is that a work of miniature art can be held in the palm of the hand.

At Agora Gallery, we have a number of artists practicing this style. From dreamy watercolors to strong expressionist artworks, there is a wide range of exceptional tiny artworks to choose from, which all live up to the old saying ‘good things come in small packages’. Here is a collection of the best miniature works from ARTmine.

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Finding our Humanity: New Portraits on ARTmine

 “The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nilo, "No Name 6," Mixed Media on Canvas, 31.5" x 39.4" ARTmine portraits

Nilo, “No Name 6,” Mixed Media on Canvas, 31.5″ x 39.4″

As long as there has been art, there has been portraiture. Portraits were originally reserved only for those who were regarded as important – religious figures, royalty, and nobility – and were meant to be in the exact likeness of the sitter. For many of us, these are the types of paintings that come to mind when someone mentions portraits. However, there is so much more to this personalized style of art. Whether a photograph, painting, drawing, or sculpture and regardless of artistic style, a portrait is just as much about the inner psyche of the sitter as it is about their physical appearance. That is why in contemporary art, it does not matter if you recognize the face that you are seeing. Instead, it is about relating to the overall essence of the image – the emanating emotion and energy.

Each of these Agora Gallery artists have used portraiture to represent not only a specific face, but a culture, a concept, or an idea.

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Studio Spaces: Behind the Scenes with Sarah Elyse Granetz

One of the things we love most about our artists is that no two are exactly the same. Whether in style, technique, or medium, Agora artists all have their own unique characteristics that make their art their own. One such artist is Sarah Elyse Granetz, whose show at Agora Gallery just closed in early July. Sarah received her B.A. in Fine Arts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During this time, she spent a semester in Paris, France. What began as a “self-portrait” assignment has transformed into a meditative series on the female form through literal impressions of the artist’s actual body.

Sarah Elyse Granetz in her studio

Sarah Elyse Granetz applies paint to her body like a paintbrush, using her limbs to create unique pieces of art.

“Through this series, I have been able to explore the controversial and complicated theme of one’s body and one’s gaze upon it while respecting the ‘truth’ of my own. Through these works, I have found peace.”

We talked more with Sarah about her unique painting style. Read on to learn more about her techniques, artistic choices, and how she works through her process!

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Why Photographs Define Movements? – Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from July 10th – July 17th, 2016.

Jonathan Bachman Photograph

Source: BBC

From Brexit to the US Presidential Elections 2016, there are a number of big changes happening around the world. This week in Art News RoundUp, we bring you top stories about how world politics affect the art world!

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